Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival to Turkey Istanbul, meeting at the airport, and transfer to the hotel.
The residence in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul (Old City)
The tour begins with a visit to the old horse racing field. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century AD by Septimus Severus. The Hippodrome was the civil center of the people. In Hippodrome, you may also see the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), the Serpentine Column, the Column of Constantine, and the German Wilhelm Fountain 2.
The tour continues to visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). It was built by Sultan Ahmed I in the seventeenth century. Visitors are fascinated by the beautiful blue tiles. This is followed by a visit to Topkapi Palace, which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to Hagia Sophia built by Emperor Justinian. It was the largest church in the world for centuries and today it is the fourth largest church. You will see beautiful mosaics and impressive samples of Byzantine art.
We will also visit Underground Tank, the largest and largest decorated reservoir in Istanbul.
The tour continues with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. (You will have spare time at Grand Bazaar to walk through the vast maze and see the beautiful crafts.)
The residence in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul, Ankara
Leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Ankara.
Visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. It is one of the most beautiful and richest museums in the world. In this museum, you may see many good examples from the sites of all Anatolian civilizations. The exhibits are arranged chronologically, from the Paleolithic until today.
The tour continues with a visit to the Ataturk Mausoleum (Antikapir). Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the founder of the Turkish Republic and has never asked for a huge cemetery for himself. After his death, the Turkish people built the shrine for him to show love and respect for him. The shrine includes statues, inscriptions, and reliefs on topics from Turkish history and the life of Ataturk.
The stay in Ankara.
Fourth day: Ankara, Cappadocia
Traveling to Cappadocia. On the way, stop by Salt Lake.
After arriving at Cappadocia, visit the Ihlara Valley and the city of Derinkuyu
Lambeth in Cappadocia.
Fifth day: Cappadocia
First, we will visit the Devrent Valley (Imagination) to see the lunar landscape and its impressive rock formations.
We will walk in Pasabag to see the longest imaginative chimneys and caves in which Christian monks lived in their small communities.
Lunch at Avanos and visit a traditional pottery workshop.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum and see churches decorated with rocks, beautiful frescoes, and paintings from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.
After the museum, we will go to Uchisar Rock Castle for a beautiful view of the Cappadocia valleys.
The stayer in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale
After breakfast, leave the hotel and head to Sultan Karavansari, the largest Karavanari in Turkey. It was the place where merchants settled on the Silk Road.
Traveling to Konya. After lunch visits, we will visit Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi shrine. Mawlana was a great poet and philosopher who lived in the thirteenth century. He was the founder of Sufism and the whirling dervish party.
Traveling to Pamukkale. The pesticide Pamukkale.
Day Seven: Pamukkale
Leave the hotel and visit Pamukkale. Visit the travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. The terraces were formed by hot spring water flowing to the surface and down the hill. These are different colors and shapes in the form of balconies with pools. Pamukkale, which means cotton castle, takes its name from these configurations.
After the tour, I travel to Kusadasi and leave the hotel.
The stay at Kusadasi.
Day eight: Ephesus, Bursa
Leave the hotel and drive to Ephesus.
Visit the house of the Virgin Mary. Saint Mary was brought here by Saint John after Jesus' crucifixion and lived her last years near the city of Ephesus atop an isolated mountain. The pilgrimage site has been designated by the Pope.
After visiting Virgin Mary, we will visit Ephesus, the well-preserved ancient Turkish city. Ephesus, where Heracles (the philosopher who said "There is nothing permanent except change") lived, and the Temple of Artemis is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
This temple, which Alexander the Great visited and preached by St. Paul to the early Christians, was extremely beautiful. Finally, we will visit the Church of St. John, where he was buried.
Travel to Bursa. The investor in Bursa.
Day 9: Bursa, Istanbul
Leave the hotel. Visiting the Ottoman mosques, Bursa Oulu Mosque, the Silk Market and other tourist attractions. After lunch, head to Istanbul.
The residence in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul
Today we will go to Istanbul Bosphorus. First, we will visit the Egyptian spice market. It was built in 1664 as part of the new Yeni Cami complex. Today, you can buy Turkish spices and eat.
The tour continues to Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn.
We will visit the stunning Dolmabahce Palace from the 19th century. The palace was built by Sultan Abdul Majeed. It consists of 285 rooms and 46 halls containing about 600 paintings.
We continue the Bosphorus and cross into Asia, and ascend to Camlica Hill for views of Istanbul.
After lunch, we will visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, with its well-organized archeological and ethnographic sections.
The Bosphorus (Ferry) excursion begins in the afternoon. The Bosphorus is a narrow strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. We pass by Rumley Castle and you will enjoy crossing from one continent to another.
Transfer to the airport to leave Turkey.